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Over The Edge Radio Archive (Seeland 031). Negativland's live mix radio show "Over The Edge" has been the longest-running block of free-form audio collage in radio history. With Negativland's Don Joyce at the helm, the weekly show was broadcast from KPFA FM in Berkeley California from 1981 to 2015. His death on July 22, 2015 closed a very large and long chapter in the group's history.

Here is how Don and Negativland described Over The Edge in texts drawn from over three decades of promoting the show:

"OTE's weekly themed mixes are made live and spontaneously on the air from a variety of formats and equipment used to do live sound cut ups and collage while mixing, including the frequent use of the now long dead analog technology of radio broadcast cart machines. On each themed episode of OTE there is a plan and there is no plan. Existing within the parallel universe of the Universal Media Netweb, the OTE mix consists of found sounds of many kinds from many sources put together on the run as the continuous audio collage progresses, along with live electronics (often from our Boopers), live sound processing, and all sorts of reccuring themes, topics and characters. Some of the shows involve all of Negativland, while some involve others outside of our group who participate semi-regularly. Beyond those, there are regular solo show broadcasts by Negativland member Don Joyce, who is the FCC license holder and responsible for filling the radio slot each week. All in all, if you like Negativland, you will like these shows, no matter who is involved, as they all maintain a "Negativ" touch based on our live mixing techniques. OTE often employs “Receptacle Programming,” which means you. Phone callers are punched into our mix with no warning. Call 510-848-4425 to deposit your programming. When your phone stops ringing, you’re on the air. Don’t say 'hello'."

A good overview of Over The Edge, Negativland, and Don Joyce's legacy can be found at this link.

Don's detailed 1995 essay about "Over The Edge."

For an informative bio on Negativland's past, present, and future, try this link.

Besides Negativland's many studio recordings, over the years a small selection of Over The Edge shows have been carefully edited into CD releases, often with elaborate packaging, and can be found here.

For updates on what the group is currently up to try Negativland's Facebook page.

NOTE 1: This archive began in September of 2015 by posting 941 three-to-five-hour-long episodes of Over The Edge from Don’s own personal air checks. That's over 3200 hours of live radio. There are still gaps in this archive to be filled over time (especially the early years. The 2015 shows will go live soon), so please contact Negativland at ote@negativland if you have any shows that we are missing. When you do, put "OTE" in the subject line. Our spam filters are set on high, and anything not having that tag will be junked. We're figuring that spam robots are not yet sophisticated enough to understand this paragraph, so we should be safe for a while.

NOTE 2: Individual show descriptions found here are mostly written by Don, but if a show description is missing and you’d like to contribute one, write it up as a "review" of the episode and let us know that you posted it. We are working on new and better ways to search this archive, and if you have ideas about that, drop us a line. And if you are that person who listens to every single show up here, however many years it takes you, please tell us!

NOTE 3: From 1981 to 1985, Over The Edge was on Sunday nights from 2am to 7pm. From 1985 onwards, the show has been on Thursday nights from midnight until either 3am or 5am, depending on which week of the month it was. The show was never on for the first week of each month, which is why there are never 52 shows in any given year.

NOTE 4: Though Over The Edge and Receptacle Programming continues to exist, evolve, and is still broadcasting each week on KPFA FM, this archive consists of the episodes helmed by Don Joyce. Once we have all of 2015 up, it will end on the episode broadcast immediately after his passing, "There Is No Don."

"To create is divine. To reproduce is human." - Man Ray.

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Over the Edge Radio
May 10, 2013
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We begin a sub-series on space in the 60s which also focuses heavily on the music of the decade. This one is all about the early 60s, including NASA's Mercury Program launches from Cape Canaveral which put America's first men in space while music became folk-inspired and psychedelic drugs began to appear.
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Over the Edge Radio
May 17, 2013
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As NASA's Mercury Program continues to launch in the early 60s and UFO sightings continue unabated, our radio goes top 40 and our music goes surfing and then romantically pop. Also, comedy from Jonathan Winters and acid parties with Timothy Leary and Alan Watts.
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Over the Edge Radio
May 24, 2013
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We continue with all audio from the 60s. This one is about the emergence of the Beatles, focusing on all their early 60s work, plus a few songs contemporary with them, interrupted only by live coverage of Kennedy and Oswald getting shot via KLIF, Dallas. And UFO's are still out there.
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Over the Edge Radio
May 31, 2013
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We spread out for 5 hours as we bring early 60s comedy and sex together, including some extensive ramblings by Lenny Bruce, Helen Gurley Brown ("Sex And The Single Girl") addressing a live audience in '64, all but the forbidden words from "The Sensual Woman," and a lot of "Sex Dirt" from The Weatherman. Though completely cleaned up for the FCC, it all has a nice, risky broadcast feel to it. Plus the usual UFO's and music from the era.
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Over the Edge Radio
Jun 14, 2013
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Jean Shepherd, a notable radio presence in 60s N.Y. radio, tells about his youthful trials and tribulations trying to become a class A ham radio operator, accompanied by our real ham radio jammers recorded from the amateur air. In '63, a real disc jockey actually locks himself in his studio, refuses to leave or open the door, and plays the same song over and over in an attempt to get a raise from his boss. We have influential music of the era, from the blues to Tiny Tim, and the saucers return.
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Over the Edge Radio
Jun 21, 2013
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Mark Hosler, one of the founders of Negativland, joins me for an electronics-heavy mix of past and present. Together, we delve into the hip side of the early 60s with "How To Speak Hip," and beat poets and ranters like Kerouac, William Borroughs, and Lord Buckley. Jean Shepherd returns on location, covering the '64 New York World's Fair for his radio show, nuclear civil defense and discernment, and a few songs to evoke the era.
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Over the Edge Radio
Jun 28, 2013
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Finishing off the beathip early 60s with jazz beds, side two of "How To Speak Hip," Lord Buckley and Kerouac read themselves, Lenny Bruce on his arrest for obscenity, Jean Shepherd is still at the Ô64 N.Y. World's Fair, The Beach Boys prepare to surf, and Ken Nordine in the age of space.
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Over the Edge Radio
Jul 12, 2013
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On we go, will psychedelics ever get here? This early to mid 60s edition includes more of Ken Nordine demonstrating stereo, a continuing array of pop songs (obscure and otherwise), top 40 DJs from the era, Stanley Kubrick in a '66 interview talks about his filming history (working on 2001 at the time), the RussianAmerican space race, Alan Ginsberg, and The New Seekers become a Pepsi ad.
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Over the Edge Radio
Jul 26, 2013
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After breaking up some breakup songs, more radio about radio, a modern simulation of 60s top forty radio with 60s songs never heard there and the rock-talkin' jocks who were playing by the numbers, all sponsored by Coke and Pepsi. This is sometimes interrupted by radio shows from the 60s about UFO's.
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Over the Edge Radio
Aug 9, 2013
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All Dylan in the 60s, including songs you may have heard but versions you probably haven't. Hounder of the hero, A.J. Weberman talks article wording with Bob on the phone, The Birch society keeps him off The Ed Sullivan Show, lots of interviewing, and all the songs are bootleg versions or unreleased. Also, a rare stop to Receptacle Programming to let this rare music play.
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Over the Edge Radio
Aug 16, 2013
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Not quite Receptacle-free this time, it's all Dylan, all from the 60s again. The songs are all different, most are boots or unreleased tracks, more from many interviews, authentic jingles from our sponsers, Coke & Pepsi, and Izzy is still on that billy-horn.
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Over the Edge Radio
Aug 23, 2013
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After a call for website help and Casey Kasim consigns us to hopelessness in song, we move through a whole array of songs, DJ's, and dialog from the mid 60s era, including a great little mix of West Side Story's "Somewhere," Ronee Spector speaks, the space program is remembered, and flying saucers become the subject of radio discussions.
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Over the Edge Radio
Aug 30, 2013
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A lengthier episode covering the music and the radio of the mid 60s. Beginning with a Ô66 broadcast of Scott Muni on WOR, N.Y, the music then extends from pop to fine art stuff from John Cage and the 60s performance art group, Fluxus. N.Y. radio's Gene Shephard returns with a story about trains accompanied by train songs, and we're talking country with Cash, Cline, Everly Brothers, and Jack Scott, and UFO's return in the 60s with increasing frequency.
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Over the Edge Radio
Sep 6, 2013
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Subbing for Barb and the Crack-O-Dawn usually here on the first Thurs of every month, this extra OTE continues with yet more songs and radio from the mid 60s, most of which are from Great Briton, including a BBC parody retrospective, "1966 And All That."Ê Suddenly it's 1966. At 3:00 AM, I continue subbing another two hours for Puzzling Evidence, first conducting, but shortly losing control of the up-for-grabs conversation between Philo, Dr. Hal, and callers, all accompanied by...
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Over the Edge Radio
Sep 13, 2013
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This one is all about The Last Poets, who introduced everyone to rapping in the mid 60s, accompanied by civil rights radicals like Malcolm X, and the whole aura of black radical revolutionary lyrics and speeches that scared us all in that short but intense era of black political emergence. Vietnam underlies much of this cultural resentment and M.L.K decries our war in Vietnam in one of the best, now forgotten speeches he ever gave.
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Over the Edge Radio
Sep 20, 2013
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Beginning with all four of our CD players filled with lots of 60s jazz played all at once, and a reprise of The Last Poets relating the history of jazz, we continue with Nico and The Velvet Underground, The Byrds, Country Joe McDonald vs. LBJ, an ode to Richard Nixon, and lots of other mid to late 60s rock. After a review of the early 60s Mercury and Gemini space flights, Nasa's Apollo program to put us on the moon "By the end of this decade" begins.
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Over the Edge Radio
Sep 27, 2013
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This entire show is an intermixed collage of the thoughts and impact of Marshall McLuhan during the electrically charged 60s with an emphasis on the mass effects of TV, along with music from Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention and Captain Beefheart. The medium is the massage.
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Over the Edge Radio
Oct 11, 2013
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Timothy Leary, The Moody Blues, and Pink Floyd lead us through a sonic acid trip back when, for a period in the 60s, that was our drug of choice. Everybody did it, but now you can listen to the results just as if you were doing it now. Maybe you are.
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Over the Edge Radio
Oct 18, 2013
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Getting high in the 60s continues, this time with a focus on marijuana and the rare LP, "A Child's Garden Of Grass," along with even more Moody Blues (one of the most underestimated bands of the 60s) and Pink Floyd, plus lots of other 60s songs about the pleasures and dangers of smoking the weed. And the Apollo space program continues to head towards the moon. Talk about getting high!
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Over the Edge Radio
Oct 25, 2013
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Music from early 60s guitar icon, Link Wray, along with his comments about his style and the 60s begin this episode, followed by more from the Apollo space program's many trips to space before landing on the Moon, accompanied by some hard rock and some otherwise music from the 60s. Up it's mixed. The receptacle is open.
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Over the Edge Radio
Oct 31, 2013
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Halloween becomes a fright-filled, extended OTE featuring lots of lesser known Halloween novelty songs recorded in the 60s, an extended view of Satanism from Anton Levey who created the Church Of Satan during the 60s, as well as excerpts from his Satanic Mass, an H.P. Lovecraft story, a 15 minute simul-play of two versions of "Celebration Of The Lizard" by the Doors that surprised even me at how well it worked, and of course, constant callers fill out this shivering example of solid...
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Over the Edge Radio
Nov 15, 2013
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The children of Rock &Roll just fade away, except they don't, because here's what they did. Exclusively devoted to the Beatles verses Rolling Stones, chopped up and overlapped, with 60s commentary by both groups. This was an actual, musically dazed and confused issue of contention at the time. Mostly mixed with boots and takes of less familiar songs.
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Over the Edge Radio
Nov 22, 2013
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Beginning with a song by Francoise Hardy for our Paris listener, we just keep on mixing anything cosmically 60s, like radio in space, space in radio, our Apollo Moon program on the air, UFO's all over the place, every 6 minutes actually, with Procol Harum, Steve Miller, Quicksilver Messenger Service, J. Joplin, etc., etc.
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Over the Edge Radio
Nov 29, 2013
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This one begins with a stupendous (if I do say so myself) simul-play mash of two different versions of "In Held Ôtwas In I" by Procul Harum lasting about 25 minutes. Then we delve into 60s astrology, how it works and what it means to you, hosted by Casey Kasem. More music, including a little segment on George Harrison, and Receptacle callers, of course, one of whom called it all boring. You be the judge.
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Over the Edge Radio
Dec 13, 2013
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After an intruder (or was it?) hoax post on our website claiming The Weatherman had died, we follow up that bru-ha-ha with this show assuring you he is alive. There's lots of new and old Weatherman here, as we celebrate the odd lovability of Weatherman performances on OTE over many years.
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Over the Edge Radio
Dec 20, 2013
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As Christmas approaches, so does Paul Harvey at the North Pole covering Santa's sleigh launch, with 60s Christmas promos and ads for Christmas cigarettes. But not before we delve way into the Mad Genius Of Teen, Phil Spector, his music, and his notorious personal behavior in and out of the music biz, along with a lot of well and less well known work from his concert studios. That's the whole thing.
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Over the Edge Radio
Dec 27, 2013
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An all 60s comedy show filled with The Firesign Theatre, The Congress Of Wonders, and Bob & Ray, with an opening Christmas bit from Nichols and May. We range across and intermix several 60s album releases and radio work from the first two, and tap into the 60s daily radio improvisations of Bob & Ray. The Moon in the 60s is also always just over our shoulder with Apollo communications and a novelty UFO song. We go a little long when Puzzling Evidence fails to show up on time for his show.
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Over the Edge Radio
Jan 10, 2014
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Over the Edge: Universe 38 What About the 60s B2
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Over the Edge Radio
Jan 17, 2014
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A live Doors simulplay begins this edition, (simulplays are an exclusive OTE invention consisting of playing two versions of the same song simultaneously.) followed by 60s clips from the day, the Ô68 production, "Monitor," 60s songs with current events on their minds, a black poem from the late Amira Baraka, a 15 minute Beatle boot of "Revolution" I bet you haven't heard, and ending it all with another live Doors simulplay.
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Over the Edge Radio
Jan 24, 2014
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After Izzy shows his mike's neglected pan and asks for reminders to change it, we launch into another wide ranging look at the 60s and, this time, more of it's music. Includes descriptions of the '64-'65 N.Y World's Fair and its wishful hopes for the future, more from Murray Roman's psychedelic comedy, San Francisco's KSAN with Tom Donahue and a few songs he played, and I play a lot more rare or studio outake versions of famous songs from those hazy, crazy days.
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Over the Edge Radio
Jan 31, 2014
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This 5 hour edition is largely taken up with the music of Quicksilver Messenger Service, one of my faves from the 60s San Francisco music scene, and rarely emphasized among the pantheon of San Francisco groups of that day. So here they are, in all their glory, alternate versions, and outakes, but mostly in live performances. Later in the show, we return to "Another UFO" for some unbelievable tales of encounters from UFO icons like Adamski and Van Tassel, which occurred (or didn't) in...
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Over the Edge Radio
Feb 14, 2014
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After playing a bit with the Bob Dylan's new TV ad for the auto industry, this show is all focused on the folk music boom of the early 60s, along with a lengthy dissertation from the period on how all these folk singers are Marxist and all their messages are leading our youth towards Communism. Lots of folk music from Newport on and the Cold War fears that accompanied them.
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Over the Edge Radio
Feb 21, 2014
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It's 60s comedy night with The Firesign Theatre doing their more or less improvised radio show on KPFK, L.A. in the mid to late 60s, with a lengthy recounting of Firesign history by Phillip Proctor, along with some of their inspirations like Bob and Ray.
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Over the Edge Radio
Feb 28, 2014
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This music filled edition focuses on two San FranciscoBerkeley groups, Buffalo Springfield and Country Joe And The Fish, along with a little history of Berkeley in the 60s. We cover almost all the music they made, much of it in alternate and unreleased versions.
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Over the Edge Radio
Mar 14, 2014
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The blues reemerged in the 60s to inform and inspire Rock & Roll's urge to get serious. Here's plenty of black and white blues from the decade, with a special focus on Janus Joplin performing live at the Filmore in '69 and appearing on Dick Cavett's TV show.
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Over the Edge Radio
Mar 21, 2014
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In an attempt to be as odd as possible, we combine the early 60s radical revolutionary rhetoric of Malcom X and others with pop soul songs of the day. No point, just a somewhat ironic convergence.
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Over the Edge Radio
Mar 28, 2014
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Some 60s comedy by The Conception Corporation is featured, along with John Oswald's mash of The Greatful Dead accompanying a dangers of dope documentary, a Van Morrison simulplay, a several song tribute to Love and the Booper, and more songs from the era.
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Over the Edge Radio
Apr 11, 2014
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Somewhat neglected in 60s musical history, Procul Harum was nevertheless right up there at the top of what was happening. This show is all about them, including a lengthy interview with lead singer Gary Brooker, and a whole show's worth of their music, much of it from rare live performances.
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Over the Edge Radio
Apr 18, 2014
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Focusing again on a single 60s band, this one is all Jefferson Airplane, with many live and alternative performances and Paul Kantner narrating the history of the band. Throughout, we hear a day's complete news coverage of the first deaths in the space program when a fire in an Apollo capsule being tested kills three astronauts.
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Over the Edge Radio
Apr 25, 2014
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This one is all about the high nature of comedy in the 60s. The Congress Of Wonders and the Conception Corporation bring us a wide ranging romp through dope saturated humor of the day, Allen Watts is forced to meditate, and the rest of Murray Roman's psychedelic humor.
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Over the Edge Radio
May 9, 2014
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Two World's Fairs of the early 60s are toured with emphasis on the glorious future science will bring us. Buckminster Fuller expounds on the concept and methods of design, Nasa prepares to launch Freedom 7, and The Who surround DJ Johnny Walker on England's Radio One.
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Over the Edge Radio
May 16, 2014
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Two "hip" preachers of the 60s delver their brand of God in the 60s, one decrying the modern lifestyles of hippies and the other, a former dope addict, trying to scare the heck out of them. Freedom 7 is still trying to get off the pad, and King Crimson's first album is just about perfect.
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Over the Edge Radio
May 23, 2014
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We cover the assassination of Robert Kennedy and the contradictory observations of panicked witnesses which follow, Freedom 7 comes back to Earth, KSAN radio in the 60s, and songs of the time.
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Over the Edge Radio
May 30, 2014
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5 hours of UFO sightings and encounters described by witnesses and investigators, many from the 60s, including pioneer investigator Jacques Vallee giving a historical overview of the sighting phenomenon throughout history back to antiquity, interspersed with saucer songs, saucer philosophy, and mass media's approach to the subject. Due to Izzy Isn't's extreme aggravation with phone fidelity, he ends Receptacle Programming on this night.
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Over the Edge Radio
Jun 13, 2014
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This is not a survey of great alternate Hendrix cuts, it's a MASH of great alternate Hendrix cuts. A relentless attempt at the longest, continuous simulplays ever done and done only with the greatest rock guitarist of the 60s, or any other time. Beware, this is unreasonable listening. Few programs on Over The Edge actually live up to our name in my opinion, but this one does.
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Over the Edge Radio
Jun 20, 2014
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Over the Edge: Universe 56 What About the 60s T2
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Over the Edge Radio
Jun 27, 2014
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King Crimson's live 21st Century Schizoid Man begins, and then it's all a guitar freak out, almost all from Eric Clapton in stages from Cream to cheese, and a lot of Dominoes. William F. Buckley takes on the hippies on Firing Line in 1969, with guests Jack Kerouac and Ed Sanders of the Fugs, but it's mostly Mr. Clapton's guitar freak out.
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Over the Edge Radio
Jul 4, 2014
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An opening mix identifying today's holiday leads us through various little tributes to 60s artists and the climate of Civil Defense promotion that accompanied them. The H-Bomb lurks as the BBC goes to the Moon in 1965, accompanied by Leslie Gore, The Mamas And The Papas, Leon Russell, and no Bob but people doing Bob.
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